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Like something out of a movie, security company IOActive has discovered that the traffic-control systems found in nearly every state of the Union are vulnerable to hackers. What’s even more distressing is that it doesn’t take a supercomputer to compromise these technologies.
Los Angeles, California has become the poster child for terrible traffic, but the city is hoping its latest change will help speed things up.
The whole green means go, red means stop way of doing things is so yesterday. It’s time to change traffic up a little, and this season, shapes are the new black thanks to Yanko Design’s Uni-Light.
Designed to help color-blind drivers, the Uni-Light changes the red-amber-green signals in favor of shapes to alert you when to stay and when to go. If this new design were to go through, you’d be stopping for triangle, slowing down for circle and going on rectangle. The colors would stay the same, but now color-blind drivers won’t have to rely on interpreting the signals by shade alone.
It’s improbable that things aren’t going to change anytime soon… if ever. But, if this set of traffic lights were to ever go through, would that mean that the “red light, green light” game we used to play as kids would have to change to reflect the new world order? We have to admit that “triangle stop, rectangle go” doesn’t sound like it would be as much fun to play – a little to educational for our liking.
[Source: Top Speed]